'''Worcester State Hospital''' was a Massachusetts
state mental hospital located in Worcester, Massachusetts
. It is credited to the architectural firm of Weston & Rand
. The hospital and surrounding associated historic structures are listed as '''Worcester Asylum and related buildings''' on the National Register of Historic Places
It was once known as the '''Worcester Lunatic Asylum''' and the '''Bloomingdale Asylum'''. The hospital dates back to the 1830s. On January 12, 1833, the '''Worcester Insane Asylum''' opened. It was the first of its kind in the state. During the first year, 164 patients were received.
As the facility soon became overcrowded, superintendent Merrick Bemis called for the construction of a new asylum. A massive structure was to be laid out in the Kirkbride Plan
and located on Belmont Street. Construction began in 1870 and the newly built Worcester State Hospital was completed in 1876 at the cost of...